“Spiritual joy is a sweet and delightful passion, arising from the apprehension and feeling of [God's goodness and favor], whereby the soul is supported under present troubles, and fenced against future fear.”–Thomas Watson
“If a man would lead a happy life, let him but seek a sure object for his trust, and he shall be safe: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting the Lord” (Psalm 112:7). He hath laid up his confidence in God, therefore his heart is kept in equal poise”–Thomas Manton
These two Puritan preachers give godly counsel here.
So is your life characterized by a joy that prompts unbelievers to ask you what you have that they don’t?
What determines your joy? Shifting circumstances or the Lord Jesus Christ?